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2013 SPA FINALIST - Carolyn Van Houten (13 images)

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Autism: World Within Our Own

A shriek echoes from behind the apple stand in the Harris Teeter of Cary, NC. A little boy emerges, two half-eaten apples in hand. He seems to be looking right through his mother as she tries to take away the apples. His hands convulse and distort as he leaps up in the air and begins to run down the aisle. The boy’s name is Marcus O’Loughlin and he was diagnosed with severe autism at age three. In the five years since his diagnosis, his...
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